After splitting a season opening doubleheader on Thursday, the Knights traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida and swept a doubleheader from Schenectady CC (NY) on Friday, picking up 8-7 and 16-5 wins to improve their overall record to 3-1.
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The Knights offense was on fire in the first two innings in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, picking up two runs in the first and six in the second, which proved to be enough as CCRI held on for an 8-7 win.
The big six run second inning was highlighted by Jacob Saley’s (Milford, CT) two-run double and Casey Mack’s (Trumbull, CT) RBI single. The Knights were only able to put together six hits, but were able to take advantage of some early wildness from the Schenectady pitching staff, as Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) was hit in all three of his plate appearances.
Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) picked up his first win of the season on the mound, striking out three and scattering four hits over six innings of work. CCRI’s bullpen struggled a bit in the bottom of the seventh, making an 8-4 game into an 8-7 game, before Tyler Brown (Jacksonville, FL) came in and settled things down to pick up his first save of the season.
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After surrendering four runs in the top of the first, the Knights’ offense exploded in the bottom of the third inning, scoring seven runs before scoring three in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the sixth to force a mercy rule.
The Knights compiled 15 hits in the game, led by Jake Waldron (Phoenix, AZ), Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI), Zach Wood (Griswold, CT), and Pat O’Keefe (East Greenwich, RI), who had two hits apiece.
After a slow start, freshman PJ Watson (Cheshire, CT) settled in and gave the Knights a solid effort on the mound, scattering eight hits over four innings. Evan Bertone (Douglas, MA) came on in relief in the top of the fifth and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts to pick up the win.
The Knights are set to resume play on Saturday when they take on Oakton CC in a doubleheader at 9:00 a.m.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.